Yes, in college I took intro to climbing, lead climbing, multi-pitch, trad anchor building, and intro to mountaineering courses. Then I climbed outdoors quite a bit with mentors. Having mentors was key for me. They gave me specific advice and one on one instruction was invaluable. Three of my early classes were taught entirely outdoors, which also helped me be immediately comfortable climbing outside. I really wish that it were easier to find skill set specific classes now that I’ve been out of college several years. The gym in the town I live in presently openly states that they don’t hold any events, which is a bit disappointing. But bottom line: I’m glad I found the time to take all the classes I could, and would live to take more! 

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